Hello everyone, Five or six weeks ago, after more than fifteen years of continuous PC-ownership, I jumped ship for a Mac Mini. Here are my thoughts; perhaps if any other people with a similar history are considering switching, they might find this of interest. Buying it: My first impression on walking into my local Apple Store was "ugh...!!! I'm here to buy a computer, not a 'lifestyle'. What's with all the wankers in blue tee-shirts with tattoos and ski hats...?!". For me, there's nothing more square than trying to be cool. Not a good start. I identified the least irritating-looking sales assistant, and asked him for help. He was very nice, he knew the products, he ascertained my needs and recommended what I'd decided to buy already. Getting better. I said, "so, can I buy one then?". He said, "yep, I'll go get it", and within five minutes I was walking out the door with a Mac. All in all, despite the superficially annoying exterior, the Mac-buying experience was a smooth and pleasing one. By this point, I was feeling good about everything. Setting it up: I got it home, opened the box and thought, "yeah... that looks smart". The external appearance of a computer had never previously been of interest me, so the Mini broke new ground here. Putting the few pieces together was no more difficult than putting together a PS3 and, once I'd connected it properly to my television, it powered-up without a hitch. It took, I think, a further five minutes to go through the easy-as-pie setup process for OS X. And that was that. My Mac was ready to use. And I couldn't discern any noise from the machine whatsoever, in a near-silent room. Boot Camp: Mac purists might be slightly offended to hear that one of the first pieces of software that I installed onto my new Mini was Windows 7 (I can hear the groans, now...!). The process was extremely simple and took very little time, but I would nonetheless complain slightly that OS X forewarned me excessively; it made me print out a Boot Camp guidance document, which I would add was out-of-date, that suggested the installation of Windows was a treacherous and perilous process. I mean, sure, if I'd been a total novice (and/or moron), I might've reformated my OS X partition... but anyone with any PC experience would probably find the process a breeze, and the doom-laden guidance document slightly laughable. Once installed, Windows 7 ran fine. I mean, it's still Windows, so it occasionally refuses to co-operate for reasons that are beyond me, but it's less annoying than Vista. Learning to use OS X has been interesting; and it's true, I've probably been leaning on the Windows 7 partition preferrentially because it's easier to stick to what you know. But in the times I've used OS X, it's never crashed, sulked, or flipped-out at me. Seems like a very graceful operating system. Gaming: I've been playing a clutch of games from Steam through Windows, the most modern and demanding of which are Doom 3, Return to Castle Wolfenstein and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. They run very nicely. Older stuff, like Half-Life and Quake III, bomb along at lightning pace. I'd advise anybody looking to play older games to consider the Mini for this purpose, specifically. I'm absolutely delighted with this facet of performance. Overall: I'm pleased. Yes, I could've bought a PC with a greater spec for the same money, but the versatility of being able to switch from PC to Mac and back, coupled with the surprisingly good gaming performance and the living room friendly form factor justify the greater expense (for me, anyway). My only real complaints are that the appearance of the Apple Store and the people within it almost made me turn on my heels, and that OS X seems so committed to being idiot-proof that it can be slightly insulting to an experienced computer user. All in all, very happy.